It’s time for him to serve as “Coach Dad.”

Ayala High School baseball coach Chris Vogt resigned Monday after 11 years with the Bulldogs, accepting a higher paying job with full benefits at another school district, located just a mile from his home, and to be closer to his young son, Ayala High School athletic director Warren Reed confirmed Monday.

Coach Vogt was hired at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, which is in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District.

“It was difficult to walk away from this outstanding school and the great group of families we have, but it is time for me to be Coach Dad,” Mr. Vogt said in a statement released by Mr. Reed. “This program is set up for long-term success and I will follow its future successes closely. Thank you for allowing me to lead this program.”

Coach Vogt was hired prior to the 2012 season and amassed an overall record of 179-95-1 and a league record of 86-50 with his first three seasons in the Sierra League and the final eight in the Palomares League.

His most successful season came in 2021 when the Bulldogs finished 26-4 overall and 14-1 in the Palomares League and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 semifinals and the championship game of the CIF State Division 1 tournament.

Both playoff losses that season came against JSerra Catholic.

“To say we are sorry to see Coach Vogt go would be an understatement,” Mr. Reed said. “He has brought our baseball program to a level where we have competed with some of the best baseball programs in our section. He has done this over the past 11 years as our head coach and the growth over that time was very methodical on his part.”

Coach Reed went on to say that Coach Vogt will be missed as an Ayala High Advanced Placement U.S. History teach and co-Avid coordinator.

“He has worked the clock at most of our lower-level football games and the field gate at our varsity games for many years. Chris has given Ayala, Chino Valley Unified, and more importantly our student-athletes everything he has,” Mr. Reed said.

He said the search for Ayala High's next baseball coach started Monday with Chino Valley Unified district applicants only.

Coach Vogt said the past 11 years as Ayala’s baseball coach was some of the “most fun and rewarding years of my life.”

“Thank you to my coaches that have put in long hours for little pay all because they wanted to see the kids get better,” he said. “Thank you to all the student-athletes I had the privilege to coach. Each one of you impacted me as a person and made me a better coach and person along the way.”

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(5) comments

Daniel Smith

Did Coach Reed mention that Vogt was currently under investigation by the district for threatening, and using other players to harass, one of his 9th grade players? A group of us parents tried to get rid of him a few years back when my boy played at Ayala. I wish we would have succeeded then. The baseball world is a small world Vogt. Your parents and players talk and I'm glad to see karma finally catching up with you.

Marcus M.

Sounds like a Little League All-Star parent is mad their kid didn't get any playing time. If "karma" caught up to him it must have been good because he got a pay raise, he is closer to home, and he will be able to spend way more time with his son.

Daniel Smith

Hi there, Marcus. I am actually far from that type of parent. If your experience with Vogt was different, then you're one of the lucky ones. Before my boy started at Ayala I heard secondhand stories and didn't believe them. I brushed them off the same way you did my comment. That changed quickly once my boy started playing for him. Initially I took my son's stories as exaggerations, but other parents approached me with similar instances from their kids as well.

If you're still in the local baseball game just ask around and you'll hear plenty. I heard the latest news from a former Vogt player, turned trainer, while at batting practice for my younger boy. He expressed similar feelings and said Vogt "hasn't changed." I am just grateful he will not be there when my youngest starts in a couple of years. Cheers!

Daniel

Marcus M.

I stand by my previous statement. Baseball in HS is a meritocracy. Parents of kids who don’t earn playing time always blame someone else when their kid doesn’t put in the work and are not talented enough to play at a higher level. You’ll run into the same issue with your younger one and cry about the next coach.

Daniel Smith

I have seen what you're talking about and agree with that point, but the situation the parents on our team experienced had nothing to do with playing time or any sense of entitlement. I appreciate the chat with you. Take care.

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